By: Daniel Hughes, Executive Director / Founder
If you’re going to walk in God’s favor, you’d better listen to what God says and not what man says.
People won’t always understand the favor of God on your life, and if you buy into their opinions, you will find yourself dumbed down, set back and out of the will of God. But if you remember what the Lord has told you about your calling, you will be able to walk in the promises He has for you.
In my 20 years of following the Lord, there have been times when His favor has been acutely evident in my life. When the presence of God was with me, I received things I didn’t qualify for, relationships beyond my reach and money I couldn’t have made on my own.
When you have the favor of God on your life, statistics don’t matter.
With Favor Comes Responsibility
Any time God places His favor on a person, it always comes with great responsibility. A look at scripture shows us that anyone with God’s favor experienced many trials and tribulations. Here are a few examples:
- Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused and thrown in prison.
- Mary became pregnant out of wedlock and her son was killed.
- David was chased all over Israel by King Saul, who wanted to kill him.
God only gives his favor to those who have a heart for him: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 ESV)
God Uses the Simple to Confound the Wise
The Lord often favors those who would normally be overlooked. Even Jesus was an unsuspecting candidate for Messiah, as the people believed nothing good could come from Nazareth.
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Corinthians 1:27 MEV)
When God’s favor is on you, you have cosmic backing, which allows you to do much more than you could on your own. When you start going against God, you face cosmic resistance, and nothing will ever work out for you. If you hover somewhere in between those two alternatives, you will only produce what is possible through your own strength.
The favor of God puts you in the right place at the right time with the right people.
Stand Confidently in God’s Favor
When you know you are favored, your posture changes. You have been called by the Lord, and if you can accept the revelation that He wants to bless you, then you will be empowered to step out in faith toward the dream He has given you. We need a godly confidence — not pride or arrogance — but confidence to do the will of God despite what others may think. People may use your past against you when the Lord has forgotten it. Under the blood of Christ, you are redeemed and you are qualified for whatever He has called you to do. What God has dreamed up for you is way bigger and way better than anything you could dream up for yourself.
In one moment of favor, more can be done than in a lifetime of striving.